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Rayner Brothers, Salisbury, Maryland 

The Finest And Most Profitable 
Early Strawberry 

We Thank You For Your 

We send you this catalog with our best wishes for 
a Happy and Prosperous Year. We are mighty proud 
to say our business has grown far beyond our fondest 
expectations. We realize this has only been possible 
by the co-operation of our many satisfied customers 
and the gi'eat success they have had with RAYNER'S 
Quality plants. 

To those of you who desire High Quality plants 
and with whom we have not as yet had the pleasure 
of dealing, w^e ask you to place your order with us this 
season, so you may see for yourself that you may pay 
far more for plants, but you can never get better, 
regardless of price. This is not just sales talk 
for we back our plants with the Strongest and Fairest 
Guarantee that can be made. We guarantee 100% 
satisfaction or your money back. 
We take great pleasure in entering in this catalog a few of the unsolicited testi- 
monials sent us by satisfied customers. You can imagine how these letters encourage 
us to improve our service every year. 

You ^\^ll find all information and variety descriptions in this book accurate and 
dependable. _We do not boost a variety, no matter how large our stock, unless we are 
sure it will give good results, for we want your orders, not only this year, but we want 
you to keep ordering from us year after year and we know that to hold your confidence 
our catalog statements as well as our plants must be dependable. 

In closing we wish to extend our sincere thanks to the many thousands of customers 
who have so generously placed their orders with us, and made this business possible. 
We trust we may have the pleasure of serving you during the coming season, which 
we are sure will be to our mutual benefit because Rayner's Plants Live, Grow, Produce^ 
Heavily and Pay Well. Sincerelv vours, 


Let Us Book Your Order For Future Delivery 

An Actual Photograph 
Of Our Plants 

Your profits come from plants that 
Grow, and vigorous plants like these 
are your Guarantee of Success with 
berries. They have given us many 
thousand satisfied customers. Below 
there are a few of the many letters we 
received from them. You will also find 
others scattered through this catalog. 

Gentlemen: Takoma Park, Md., May 7, 1932. 

I duly received the Big Joe plants yesterday. Must say they are certainly fine 
quality plants. I have a perfect stand and they are all growing nicely. 

Very truly yours, Lloyd W. Biddle. 

Kind Sirs: 

Received plants O. K. I believe I will have 
one dead plant yet (one week after planting). 

Thurmont, Md., May 18, 1932. 
100% stand as I have not found 
Yours truly, Harry S. Simmers. 

Dear Sirs: Newburgh, N. Y., May 21, 1932. 

I received my strawberry plants the 12th and planted them the same day. They 
are certainly wonderful plants and doing fine. Expect to plant two acres of your 
plants next spring. Yours very truly, J. 0. Turenne. 

Every Plant Strong and Healthy. 

Milburn, N. J., May 7, 1932. 

The plants arrived last evening and 
were set out immediately and look as 
though made to order. We had a nice, 
cool shower this morning. Every plant 
looks strong and healthy. They certainly 
are v/onderful plants and hope we have 
success with the berries. 

Thanking you I remain, 

Paul H. Waese. 

Rayner's Plants Are Better 

Freedens, Pa., March 1, 1932. 
Dear Sirs: 

I received your new catalog of straw- 
berry plants. I have received plants from 
you for two seasons and found them to be 
just v/hat you say they are and then a 
little better. Good strong stock and true 
to name. Can you furnish me 2500 Pre- 
mier or 2000 Premier and SCO Big Joe to 
be shipped April lOth to 15th? 

Yours very truly, 

Ira W. Barron. 

Couldn't Be More Satisfied 

Elizabeth, Pa., April 29, 1932. 

Thank you for the strawberry plants. 
I couldn't be more satisfied. 

Very truly yours, John Stracelsky. 

Rayner's Plants Came Through Fine. 

Williamsport, Pa., May 30, 1932. 
Dear Sirs: 

I wish to thank you for the prompt 
attention you gave my late order. Plants 
came through just fine. 

Yours truly, Ralph Pinkney. 

A Booster For Rayner's Plants 

Como Cottage, Pa., May 9, 1932. 

I wish to thank you for your prompt 
delivery and advice and if I can promote 
or help you in this part of the country I 
shall gladly do so. Sincerely, 

Mrs. Etta Gray. 

Rayner's Plants Always Good. 

Alderson, W. Va., April 26, 1932„ 

I am sending you a small order for 
plants. Whatever you send me will be all 
right, if you have to substitute. Your 
plants are always good. Respectfully, 

Wayland Stevens, 

Quality Plants — Prompt Shipment 

North Eastham, Mass., April 5, 1932, 
Friends : 

Berry plants received in fine condition. 
Quality very good. Thanks for prompt 
shipment. Respectfully and truly yours, 

H. P. Lombard. 

Rayner Brothers, Salisbury, Maryland 

Strawberries Pay Every Year 

In all our years in the plant business we have never as yet found a 
customer who has not made a profit with Strawberries, and some have 
made as high as SI, 200 on one acre. This, hovv^ever, does not happen very 
often. Only by having an exceptionally favorable season, good fertile soil, 
strong, vigorous plants and an excellent market can this be realized. Un- 
der average conditions one should not expect more than S300 to 8500 per 
acre. This is much more than can be realized from most other crops. 

Only a small amount of money is needed to start. Returns come in 
earlier than from any other fruit crop and with little additional expense 
a second crop almost equal to the first can be had. A nice income can be 
had from a small patch and experience, though desirable, is not necessary. 

A Heme Gavclen Patch And Seme For Llarket Too. 

©me vjaroers 

Every one should have a 
berry garden. With a little 
effort, one may have de- 
licious, fresh berries right 
from the vines, daily, through 
a long season (and by plant- 
ing some everbearers) they 
can have them all sum.mer 
and fall. Order 200 to £00 
plants today; this many if 
given proper care will pro- 
duce all the berries you can 
use fresh, have plenty to pre- 
serve and probably you will 
have several quarts to sell to 
your neighbors, who will al- 
ways be more than glad to 
get them, 
to sell berries at good prices 

The roadside stand gives a wonderful advantage 
and there is always a good demand for them. See page 23 for Garden Specials 


Gentlemen: Northampton, Pa., July 15, 1932. 

I wish to toll you of the success I have had with the new Strawberry, Joyce, which 
I received from you last year. These plants made a very strong growth, the beds 
were 24 to 30 inches wide by the middle of October, v/eie clean and thrifty, shovving 
no sign of ruct. 

We began picking June 24th and July 15th there v^ere still a few berries on the 
vines. From the 1,C00 plants we set we picked 2467 quarts; we counted the berries 
in seveial baskets and they ranged from 20 to 27 beriies to the quart. We had several 
heavy rains during the picking season but the berries showed no bad effects and the 
color and flavor of the berries were simply wonderful. ¥/e have several varieties but 
all our customers wanted the Joyce. 

I shall place my order for seven or eight thousand Joyce plants early next spring 
for they are the very best midscascn berry I have ever grown or seen. 

Wishing you and your New Berry great success, I am 

Very truly yours, John G. Heffelfinger. 

Dear Sirs: Washington, R. I., May 4, 1932. 

Plants arrived in very good condition and they are all alive and looking fine. 
Thanking you for your prompt delivery and for extra plants. 

Yours truly Leona Wilcox. 

Be Sure To Include Premier In Your Order 

PREMIER— The Great Early Variety 

The Most Popular Early Standard Berry. 

(See first cover and page 2 for illustration). 

All the good things that can be said about a strawberry can be said 
about Premier. No strawberry yet introduced has brought the returns 
to growers that Premier has, and it still stands unchallenged as a real 
money maker. With the possible exception of Blakemore it stands alone 
for adaptability to any type of soil or climate, producing enormous yields 
under most adverse conditions. 

Premier makes an abundant plant growth for a good fruiting bed, of strong, 
healthy plants, which are very productive, fruit ripens early and bears through a long 
season. No variety produces more quarts of fancy berries per acre; this is very im- 
portant with present low prices which makes it necessary to keep production costs 
down as low as possible. Fruit is very large and attractive, a bright red with a green 
cap which stays green to the end of the season and adds much to the beauty of the 
fruit. It is almost frost-proof and has never failed to make a crop in this section 
since first introduced, holds up well even during a very unfavorable season and in 
extremely wet weather if kept picked closely will come through on the profit side of 
your ledger. Afirm berry that will stand shipment to distant markets in good condition 
and yet of such exceptional fine quality that it is unsurpassed as an early berry for 
home garden or local market. 

To insure your next year's income plant a patch, an acre or five acres of Rayner 
Brothers' Premier for you are sure to get results whether your planting be large or 

Ihis field of Rayner's Super Premier plants is awaiting your orders. 

HOWARD No. 17. Believed by horti- 
culturists to be the same as Premier. Was 
introduced by a Mr. Howard a few years 
after Premier and from our own experi- 
ence we have found these varieties to be 
one and the same variety. For full des- 
cription see Premier. 

MISSIONARY. An old dependable va- 
riety, largely grown in Florida and other 
southern states. Will do well in almost 
any type of soil and does especially well in 
the lighter types. Is a favorite with the 
juice men. Will probably be replaced by 
Blakemore in the near future. 

Rayner Brothers, Salisbury, Maryland 




A Basket of Fancy Blakemore 

Oi 1 A great new early variety originated by Prof. Beatty 

l3id,K6mor6 of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, 
D. C, and introduced by the Department in 1930. It has been thoroughly 
tested in most of the strawberry producing sections of the United States 
and seems to readily adapt itself to conditions existing where planted. 

A cross between Premier and Missionary, resembling the Missionary very much in 
plant growth, being a free plant-maker of medium sized plants; a very heavy pro- 
ducer of bright red berries, ripening two or three days ahead of Missionary or Premier, 
which show the unusual ability to hang on the vine from one to three days after it is 
apparently ripe, without any waste. Size medium large, round to conical in shape, 
red to the center, without any green tips. Its outstanding characteristics are its 
uniformity of ripening, firmness and ability to stand shipment to distant markets and 
arrive fresh and bright. Our plants have been State inspected and found to be free 
from all injurious diseases. We advise our customers to give this variety a thorough 
trial as we believe it will prove a real money-maker. 

RED GOLD. Introduced by the Gardner Nursery Co., of Iowa, and highly recom- 
mended by them- Ripens early, fair producer of medium to large berries having a 
soiue-vThat oval shape. Its fine quality is its greatest recommendation. Red Gold is 
a free plant maker, foliage disease resistant. Makes an excellent fruiting bed.We 
would advise those of you who desire real quality to give them a trial. 

Our Stock Is Government Inspected And Certified Disease Free 

LINDBERG. Originated by a Mr. Scott along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, 
and were so highly spoken of we obtained a few plants for our trial ground. We found 
they were all that could be desired in an early berry of extra large size. 

Lindberg produces strong, large, disease resisting plants, showing no sign of rust 
or other ailments common with many varieties of strawberries, producing enough plants 
for a nice fruiting bed, but should be set about 15 or 18 inches apart in the row and 
they seem to have the ability to produce this amount of plants in any type of soil as 
we have tried them in both light and heavy soil and the bed in both cases was the same. 
Fruit ripens almost with Premier and is very much larger, even larger than Cooper, 
is very firm, medium dark red clear through, of irregular conical shape, of highest 
quality and excellent flavor. In our estimation Lindberg is a real winner either for 
commercial market, home garden or local sale, and we believe one of the greatest early 
varieties yet introduced. 

D» I (Joe Johnson). This is no doubt the most profitable midsea- 

Dlg Joe son variety, and to have a berry patch that will produce the 
most, the fanciest, and the best flavored berries, and this means the most 
possible profit from your labor and investment, we recommend without 
hesitation Premier for early, Big Joe for midseason and Chesapeake for 
late. This will give you the finest berries throughout a very long season. 

Big Joe does well on all types of soil, but like most all berries does best on fertile 
soil with proper care, begins fruiting just as the early varieties start to run down 
therefore you will always get a premium of a dollar or more per crate for them. 

They make a very vigorous plant growth, are very productive of large, bright red 
berries that have a large green cap therefore these berries are always very attractive 
and whether you retail your berries, sell at the farm or ship to distant markets you 
should include Big Joe in your plantings and we are sure you will be delighted with 
the results. 

BEAUTY. One of the new- 
er varieties that is all its name 
implies. The plants are strong 
and healthy and entirely cap- 
able of producing and maturing 
large crops lof fancy berries, 
that hold up well during the en- 
tire fruiting season. A large, 
juicy, sparkling red berry of the 
most delicious flavor, that seems 
to be firm enough for shipment 
to distant markets. We believe 
every grower should give this 
variety a trial, as it may show 
up better than the varieties that 
you have been using either for 
distant market or for home use. 

Big Joe 

SENATOR DUNLAP. A very good 
variety for the beginner for the plants 
are very hardy and can be depended upon 
to make a good bed under any conditions, 
in fact they are the most freely bedding 
variety we have. When properly thinned 
it is hard to find a berry that will produce 
a larger crop of marketable fruit than 
Dur.lap. Fruit is bright red clear through, 
fair in quality and of medium size. The 
greatest advantage of Dunlap is its ability 
to make a good growth and produce heavi- 
ly under amost any conditions. This va- 
riety still finds favor with a large number 
of experienced berrygrowers. 

DR. BURRILL. You will 
find this exactly like Senator 
Dunlap. For description see Sen- 
ator Dunlap. 

COOPER. This variety was intro- 
duced by the A. R. Weston Co., who praised 
it very highly and from our own experie- 
nce it is very satisfactory. Cooper is a 
very vigorous variety, making a moderate 
number of large, healthy plants, although 
in some fertile soils will stand thinning 
for best results. This variety is very large 
even larger than Premier, a very bright 
red and of excellent quality. A beautiful 
berry, fine for local or nearby market. A 
variety that cannot be surpassed for the 
grower who has a local market for large 

Rayner Brothers, Salisbury, Maryland 

I — The Faultless Berry (Per). This is a new variety originated 

Joyce by Mr. Bassett of Salisbury, Md. We obtained a few plants from 
him and have fruited them in our trial grounds for the past three seasons 
where they made a remarkable showing. Compared with Big Joe as fol- 
lows : better plant maker, cleaner, healther foliage, fruit brighter red, more 
frost resistant, more productive, fruit much larger, fruiting season from 
five to ten days longer. Quality and firmness the same. 

Two years ago we sold several 
thousand of these plants to our 
old customers and in every lo- 
cality where they were planted 
they gave excellent results. We 
visited some of these fields last 
fruiting season to see for our- 
selves the quality, productive- 
ness and plant growth made in 
these sections. We found it 
had been an outstanding suc- 
cess in every locality. All of 
these growers want more 
plants this season. They said 
it was the best midseason 
berry they had ever growTi; 
the berries were so large, 
had such a wonderful color and 
flavor their customers bought 
them in preference to any other 

Joyce is a very thrifty grower, 
producing a fine fruiting bed of 
strong, vigorous plants; fruits 
a few days before Big Joe, has 
an exceptionally long fruiting 
season; fruit is very large and 
holds up well to the end of the 
season. Bright red and of ex- 
cellent quality, firm; will stand 
shipment to distant markets and 
arrive in excellent condition. For 
home use or roadside market 
they are unexcelled. 

We ask you all to give Joyce 
a trial this year and we are sure 
they will prove your leading 
June berry. Order early as our 
JOYCE— We urge you to try this new berry supply of these plants is limited. 

D 11 Introduced by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and de- 

oeiimd.r veloped by them, like Blakemore from a cross of Premier 
and Missionary in 1922 but was not introduced until last season. Recom- 
mended for trial in comparison with Premier wherever it is adapted for 
general market. 

Bellmar is a much more vigorous plant maker than Premier and thus will make a 
better fruiting bed in poor soils and in good soil may need thinning to get best results; 
blossoms are perfect; a heavy producer, but not quite as heavy as Premier although 
the appearance and size are somewhat better; ranks high in dessert quality, being less 
acid than Missionary. The fruit is very firm and will stand shipping well. Commands 
top prices on any market. Fruit is large, bright red similar to Premier and have a 
large green calyx and a bright gloss which has caused it to be selected as the most 
handsome berry among hundreds. We advise you to give this variety a fair trial this 
season as they certainly look to be a leader for the near future. 

Chesapeake Is The Aristocrat Of Strawberries 


The Aristocrat of Strawberries 

This is the finest dessert berry 
of the late varieties and will keep 
better and sell at higher prices 
than any other late berry grown. 
The fruit is very large and hand- 
some and will stay so until the end 
of the fruiting season. The berries 
are a rich, glossy red with bright 
yellow seed, have a large green cap 
and are very uniform ; have the 
most delicious flavor of any berry 
we have ever tasted ; very firm and 
will ship better than any other 

large late berry we have ever CHESAPEAKE 

grown. Big- Berries — Big Crops — Big Prices 

Chesapeake must have good, well manured land and good care, for it is sometimes 
difficult to get sufficient plants for a good fruiting bed. This variety produces extra 
large, healthy plants. This is necessary for heavy production of such extra large 
berries. The plants can never be cheap compared with free growing varieties but 
the results are well worth a little more and they are sure to return an extra profit. 
They are heavy producers of large berries that are all large — ^not a few large berries 
and a lot of small ones — all of the same enormous size and they hold their size through- 
out the season. 

They are very seldom frosted for they blossom very late and we believe they are 
the best and most profitable late berry to grow for commercial or home use. Being a 
very fancy berry, large, delicious and handsome they will always sell at top prices. 

GIBSON. This is another old standard 
variety that has proven itself many times 
over. Has a very vigorous growth and 
makes a fine fruiting bed. produces heavily 
of bright red berries with a fancy green 
cap. Does not ship well but are fine for 
local market or home use and are fine for 
preserving and canning. 

BRANDYWINE. A late variety that 
has been grown for many years and has 
found many friends. A good plant maker 
and a heavy producer of fine quality, 
dark red berries that are very firm and 
will stand shipment to distant markets 
without damage, are also fine for the home 
garden and local market. 


Dear Friends: Lexington, Va., June 3, 1932. 

We received the plants all O. K. Shipped on Saturday and arrived here Monday 
at 11.30 A. M., in first class shape and they are doing fine; I think every single plant 
is living. Have worked them three times and removed the blossoms twice, but somehow 
we missed a few on the Premier and today we picked a quart and a half of the finest 
berries I have ever seen. I was never so surprised in all my life; many of the berries 
measured over one and one-half inches in length. Most of the plants have runners on 
them a foot long. 

I certainly wish I had set out a patch of berries last year. I can get at least 50c 
a gallon for all I could raise this year and that is mighty good according to everything 
else here; eggs are 8c to 9c a dozen, butter 8c to 9c a pound, veal calves 3c a pound 
and no market even at these prices. 

Thanking you all for your kindness, I am 

Your friend, J. W. Goodbar. 
P. S. These are the first Premier I have ever raised and I have certainly been missing 
it by not raising them as they seem well adapted to our soil and climate. Never saw 
finer berries than we gathered yesterday. J. W. G. 



Rayner Brothers, Salisbury, Maryland 


We find this to be a 
mighty fine variety, 
becoming very popular in estern Pennsyl- 
vania and New Jersey and will probably 
be widely planted when its merits are bet- 
ter known. Makes a rank growth of strong 
healthy plants, so many in fact that unless 
planted 24 inches apart, in good soil, thin- 
ning will be necessary to produce best re- 
sults. Aberdeen is very productive, equal 
to, and said by some growers superior to 

Fruit is medium to large, of conical shape, 
an attractive dark red, and of very good quality. 
We cannot recommend this variety for distant 
shipment in refrigerator cars, but for markets 
within 300 miles it is a berry hard to equal and 
is very profitable because of its hardiness, ability 
to fruit under most trying conditions, its unsur- 
passed productiveness and quality of fruit. Fruit- 
ing period extends from two to three weeks. We 
have a good supply of exceptionally strong plants 
of Aberdeen to offer this season and would like to 
have our customrs try them in comparison with 
Premier and Big Joe. 


Trv this for vour roadside market 

LUPTON. A mighty good late shipping berry, very large, in fact as large as 
Chesapeake and just as attractive but only fair in quality but always brings top 
prices in city markets. Lupton is a mighty heavy bedder and therefore a fine variety 
to grow in land where it is impossible to get a satisfactory bed of Chesapeake. They 
are very firm and excellent shippers but we do not recommend them for home garden. 

WM. BELT. This is one of the best 
flavored berries grown and is the standard 
of excellence of quality. The berries are 
somewhat irregular in shape but are fairly 
large, bright glossy red with a green cap 
and are therefore handsome. Wm. Belt is 
desired for the home garden, local market 
and for the grower who takes pride in the 
quality of the berries he ships. The con- 
sumer is always willing to pay good prices 
for them. Be sure to try a few of them in 
your patch this year. 

PARSONS' BEAUTY. This is a fine old 
variety for the home garden or local market. 
The plants make a vigorous gro\\i;h, are 
easy to bed and are very productive through 
a long fruiting season, of dark red, fine 
flavored, medium size berries. The house- 
wife will find them unexcelled for canning 
and very easy to cap. 

GANDY. This is one of the old varie- 
ties that ranks as a leader among extra 
late shipping berries. It does best in low, 
springy land as it needs plenty of moisture 
through fruiting season, Gandy is not a 
heavy producer but all the berries are very 
large and of fine quality, fruit bright red with a large green cap, therefore very 
handsome, and mil stand shipment to distant markets in perfect condition for they 
are the firmest berries on the market. They are good plant makers and you should 
have no trouble in getting a good fruiting b^(J. 

WM. BELT— The standard of excellence. 

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed For Your Protection 


WASHINGTON (Per). A new 'ate variety intr-oduced recently in Michigan, 
called the Honey Sweet Strawberry by its introducer and highly recommended by them. 
We have found it to be a good plant maker, fairly productive of medium sized, dark 
red berries of somewhat irregular shape, but we believe it like Wm. Belt, better suited 
to the climatic conditions further north. Give them a trial. 

AROMA. A wonderful alet variety ex- 
tensively planted in all sections of the 
country; makes a vigorous plant growth; 
produces large crops of beautiful, almost 
perfect shape berries, light red with a 
green cap that are sure to bring good 
prices in your market whether you sell 
locally or ship to distant markets for the 
fruit is very firm and will reach the mar- 
ket in perfect condition. They are the 
most popular late berry grown in the South 
and many of our old customers have found 
Aroma one their best money-makers. 

Fine Plants 

Nicholson, Pa., May 14, 1932. 

The several thousand plants ordered 
from you arrived in fine shape. They are 
a fine lot of plants. I have used your 
plants for many years and I feel you 
should have no trouble in selling such 
wonderful plants as you send out. 

Yours truly, John Sweitzer. 

Proud of Rayner's Big Joe 

Forest, Va., March 2, 1932. 
Gentlemen : 

Just a line to advise you that the Big 
Joes arrived 0. K. They are fine plants 
and I am proud of them. Thanking you 
very much and wishing you a large busi- 
ness, I am Yours truly, 

J. J. Seibert. 

BIG LATE. The plant growth of this 
variety is very vigorous, produces hand- 
some uniform berries, bright red with 
yellow seeds and a medium size green 
cap which makes them very attractive. 
The blossoms are imperfect, will mate well 
with Big Joe and Aroma. 

They are very heavy producers, almost 
equal to Premier, are firm and good ship- 
pers therefore we believe this will be a 
profitable berry to raise. 

Will Tell Friends About Rayner's 

Frankfort, Ky., May 20, 1932, 
Dear Sirs: 

Received the 1000 Mastodon Strawberry 
plants some time ago. Have had very 
dry weather since I set them out but 
scarcely any of them have died. I .iust 
wish that I could afford to put out a few 
more thousand. If I ever do, I shall get 
them from you and I will tell all mv 
friends about you. With best regards, I 
am Very respectfully yours, 

John A. Pierce, 

Mastodon Arrive In Fine Shape 

Colebrook, N. H., May 24, 1932. 
Dear Sirs: 

The Mastodon plants I ordered from 
you arrived in fine shape. Thanks for the 
extra ones. Shall place all mv future or- 
ders with you. Yours truly, 

Mrs, Edith M. Hook. 

The A B C In Buying Plants 

We believe it pays to buy your plants, not only because selling plants 
is our business but if you are considering setting plants from your frunting 
beds think of 

(a) The money you would receive from these plants during the two or three years 
that you could fruit them. 

(b) The trouble and expense of digging and cleaning the plants with inexperienced 
help, from heavy and sticky soil, they can not be planted as quickly or as well 
as the thoroughly cleaned and evenly bunched plants we can furnish you, and 
they are sure not to give as good results, also the invigorating effects that come 
from a change of soil and climate will almost always give a very marked gain. 

(c) You can have them right at hand as soon as spring opens, which gives you the bene- 
ficial effects of early planting; and early planting is the surest road to success 
in growing strawberries. 

(d) The advantage of having plants grown in light soil, fed and cultivated to give 
them a vigorous root system that will stand drought, bred to produce the heaviest 
possible yield. All this is done under our personal supervision, from the tim.^ 
our plants are set until packed and shipped to you, 



Rayner Brothers, Salisbury, Maryland 


Everbearing Strawberries 

There should always be some of these varieties planted in the home garden, for 
they will start fruiting 90 days after the plants are set and produce all through the 
summer and fall till there is a heavy frost. Any family that enjoys delicious straw- 
berries (and we believe everyone does) should not be without at least one of the ever- 
bearing varieties. Just to think, you can have delicious strawberry shortcake and all 
the other strawberry desserts all through the summer and fall, with very little expense, 
for if given the proper care each plant will often produce a quart or more of delicious 
berries during their long fruiting season. Many of our customers have told us they 
have had plenty for their own use and then sold enough to pay their expenses with a 
neat profit besides from just a small patch in their garden. 

Since Mastodon has been introduced there are large profits for the grower who 
plants a large acreage. Picking begins 90 days after the plants are set and you will 
have a nice income all through the summer and fall for there is a great demand and 
highest prices are paid for these berries. Be sure to include some in your order, for 
if you plant a few rows in with your standard varieties they may pay, or more than 
pay the expenses on your whole patch. In this way you can have a larger acreage 
with a smaller outlay of cash. 

The essentials in successfully producing the Everbearers are the same as for 
growing standard varieties; good fertile soil that will retain moisture should be used 
and be sure to get strong, healthy, true-to-name plants; keep the blossoms off till the 
middle of June and the plant will make a vigorous growth and a fair bed and you will 
have plenty of berries on through the summer and fall. One of the most important 
points is to be sure and plant early. 

Extra Plants Greatly Appreciated 

Forest, Va., April 7, 1932. 
Gentlemen : 

My plants arrived the 2nd and I plant- 
ed them on the 4th. I am well pleased 
with them all. Wish to thank you for the 
extra Big Joe. They are greatly appre- 
ciated. Again thanking you, I am, 

Yours very truly, J. J. Siebert. 

Thanks For Extra Plants 

Kirkwood, N. Y., May 20, 1932. 

Am writing to say I received the 
strawberry plants. They were O. K. and 
am very pleased with them. Thanks for 
the extra plants. Yours truly, 

J. G. Peaslee, 

There Should Be Everbearers In Every Garden 



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A Field of Rayner's Genuine Mastodon. 

MASTODON--The World's Best Everbearer 

We hope you will plant some of our heavy yielding strain of guaran- 
teedtrue to name Mastodon. We grew the largest crop of berries from 
this strain of Mastodon we have ever had the pleasure to pick and the de- 
mand was so great v/e were unable to supply our trade with these large 
improved berries. 

Mastodon is a strong, vigorous grower, producing big, juicy sparkling red berries 
of the most delicious flavor, with a bright green cap and are firm enough to carry 
hundreds of miles in perfect condition and command top prices in any market. Masto- 
don begins fruiting 90 days after the plants are set and keep right on till hard freezing 
weather in the fall, fruit again with the standard varieties the next spring and after a 
layoff of 2 or 3 weeks start fruiting again and with careful attention will produce for 
another season or possibly longer. We have selected our plants for the past six years 
and now we feel we have the best Mastodon plants that can be found. We sold hund- 
reds of thousands of these plants last year and have a fine supply for the coming season. 

Mastodon Is A Real Everbearer 

Dear Sirs: Newburg, N. Y., April 5, 1931. 

You might be somewhat interested in our last year's experience. We ordered 
5,000 Mastodon from you in April, which arrived in due time in the very finest con- 
dition of any plants I have ever had shipped to me in all my 19 years experience with 
strawberries. All my neighbors told me I had made a mistake in buying Mastodon 
as they were no good. The weather was most unfavorable nearly all summer, a terri- 
ble drought and one very bad hail storm when hail fell that was literally as big as hen 
eggs. We were also bothered to get enough help to keep the plants properly weeded. 

But in spite of all these handicaps we did harvest a bumper crop of splendid 
berries. We even picked with gloves on as it was very cold before they froze up for 
good; the last picking was November 10th and there had been several freezes before 
that, but Mastodon stands the cold the best of any berries I ever raised. 

And, best of all, the very people who said Mastodon was no good bought them 
eagerly and said they were the finest berries they had ever eaten. 

Very respectfully, L. Scribner, 

14 Rayner Brothers, Salisbury, Maryland 

CHAMPION. This everbearer was introduced in 1917 by a Mr. Lubke of Michigan 
and has been extensively planted, and so far we have heard nothing but praise for 
them. It also has a very good record but not as good as Mastodon. 5,632 quarts have 
been produced from one acre in 223 days from the time the plants were set. The fruit 
is not firm enough for distant markets but it is of excellent flavor and fine for home 
garden and local market. Champion is a good bedder in most sois. 

PROGRESSIVE. Same description as for Champion. 

LUCKY STRIKE (Everbearing). Becoming very popular with some growers for 
home use and local market proving superior to Champion or Progressive. We do not 
think it equal to Mastodon. A persistent yielder of medium to large berries of very 
good quality and appearance; makes plants freely and is a vigorous grower. Try a 
few plants in your grden this year. 

BERRI-SUPREME (Everbearing). A new everbearer originated in Utah, and a 
money-maker for the originator. In our test plot they were not as good plant makers 
as Mastodon but were as productive. Fruit as large and of somewhat better flavor 
and appearance than Mastodon or Champion. Further tests may prove their merit. 

Suggestions on Culture 

SELECTING AND PREPARING LAND. Strawberries can be grown in almost 
any soil and climate, in light sandy types or heavy clay, as far south as Florida and 
as far north as Alaska, but will produce much better crops if planted in a well drained 
soil, but soil that will retain a great deal of moisture, for it is well to remember that 
one of the most essential requirements of strawberries is plenty of moisture at fruiting 

We advise planting after some truck crop that has been well manured and culti- 
vated for the soil will be more fertile and there will be less weed seed, or after some 
legume, if possible. We do not advise planting in old sod unless necessary as this 
type of land is likely to be infested v/ith white grubs which will cut off the young 
plants soon after they are set in the spring, but if you have no other land available, 
plow it in the fall and harrow during the vinter and early spring as often as you can, 
in this way most of the grubs will be killed out. 

After selecting a desirable field it should be plowed and thoroughly harrowed 
as early as possible in the spring. If stable manure is to be used we advise spreading 
it broadcast on the land just after it has been plowed, then the land either with or 
without manure should be disced thoroughly and harrowed to level it up so that a 
firm, even bed is obtained. 

TIME TO PLANT. Strawberries should be planted in the EARLY spring as that 
is the natural, most satisfactory and successful time. Just as soon as the weather 
permits getting he land ready. In the Northern States April, in the Middle States 
March and the early part of April, in the Southern States from November till April 1st. 

EARLY PLANTING PAYS BIG. The plants start quicker, grow better and make 
better beds than plants that are set late, and remember that it cost^s no more to plant 
early than late so be sure to have your order in early so that your plants will be right 
at hand when your ground isready. 

CARE OF PLANTS. If you are not ready to set the plants when they arrive, 
unpack, seperating each variety, open the bunches, dampen the roots up to the crown 
but do not wet the leaves, they should be healed in a V shaped trench and if shaded from 
the sun they will keep in first class condition for several weeks if necessary. 

PLANTING. Plants should be protected from the wind and sun when planting. 
Do not water the plants when setting for this is very injurious to the strawberry plant. 

Where commercial fertilizer is to be used, rows should be run out three to four 
inches deep and the fertilizer drilled into these rows and thoroughly worked in, then 
the soil should be thro\\Ti back and leveled oft'. 

Where a large acreage is planted a horse drawn transplanter is often used, however 
this requires skill and experience if the crowns of the plants are to be left at the proper 
level with the roots extending straight into the ground and not at a slant with the 
roots oftimes near the surface. A trowel, dibble or spade are the most important tools 
for setting plants, they are set down the prepared row with the roots out fan shape 


Be Sure To Plant Early For Best Success 15 

and the crown level with the surface of the ground. It is also important to see that 
the ground is pressed firmly around the plant and that enough soil is filled in near the 
crown so that the top of the roots will not be exposed. 

If you do not use fertilizer under the plants, the rows can be laid off with a marker 
and the plants set down the marked row. 

HOEING AND CULTIVATING. Begin cultivating and hoeing soon after the 
plants are set. When first hoeing be sure to uncover the bud of all plants that have 
been planted too deep. If this is not done these plants will never amount to anything. 

Cultivate and hoe enough to keep the ground from crusting and keep the weeds 
down, but do not cultivate deep enough to disturb the roots. 

We, and most of our customers use the matted row system and we find this the 
most profitable method. The first runner plants should be encouraged to take root, 
this will help the mother plant to produce a large number of runner plants. 

When hoeing be sure to see that the plants do not become too thickly crowded in 
the bed. There is not much trouble this way except with varieties that are heavy plant 
makers. Where the rows are 3V2 feet apart we recommend a bed from 15 to 20 inches 
across, for p-etting a heavy crop of berries, but if the rows are four feet a wider bed 
will be O. K. 

DISTANCE TO PLAKT. Matted Row. For this system the rows should be from 
3"^^ to four feet apart with the plants set from 15 to 24 inches in .the row, accord''^ cr 
to the varieties set. Heavy bedding varieties such as Senator Dunlap, Premi'^r, Dr. 
Burrill and others should be set farther apart than varieties like Chesapeake, Lupton 
and other varieties that make very large plants but not so many of them. 

Hill System. If you decide to use this system rows should be 30 inches apart one 
way and 15 inches the other with the plants set in the check. All runner'^ shoiild b^ 
kept cut off. Under htis system the berries will be much larger than if grown in the 
matted row, but labor costs prohibit this system unless space is very limited, 

FERTILIZATION. If you have barnyard manure broadcast after plowing and 
disced in, this is a fine way to imprvoe your land and insure vou a fine berry patch with 
lots of fancy fruit, but commercial fertilizer can be used with very satisfactory results. 
We find 400 pounds of dissolved bone and 100 pounds of acid phosphate per acre used 
in the drill about a week before the plants are set or along side the plants after setting 
and thoroughly hoed or cultivated in will give excellent results. Where it is applied 
broadcast 1,000 pounds of the raixture per acre has proven very satisfacto^--^ but be 
sure to harrow it in thoroughly before setting the plants. Do not use over 500 pounds 
in the drill, for too heavy an application of any commercial fertilizer will be very in- 
jurious to the plants. 

Another application of about 800 pounds per acre as a top dressing late in the 
summer when the plantbed is almost made or early in the spring before plant growth 
starts, of a mixture containing 4 per cent to 7 per cent nitrogen and from 5 per cent 
to 10 per cent phosphoric acid, with little or no potash. 

We believe late summer is the best time for if applied then you will have stronger 
and more vigorous plants as it takes strong plants to produce large fancy berries. All 
fertilizer should be brushed off the leaves. 

MATING VARIETIES. There are two sexes of strawberry plants — male and 
female — listed in this book as perfect and imperfect, (in our price list perfect flower- 
ing varieties are followed by "Per" and imperfect by "Imp"). The perfect flowering 
sorts will produce as well by themselves as with the imperfect varieties, but the im- 
perfect will produce very poorly, if at all, without the perfect varieties. They should 
be planted four rows of the imperfect flowering varieties and two rows of the perfect 
flowering varieties, of the same season, and so on across the field, or they may be plant- 
ed in the same row using one-fourth perfect and three-fourths imperfect. 

REMOVING BLOSSOMS AND MULCHING. All strawberry plants begin to 
bloom soon after being set in the spring and if the fruit is allowed to ripen the plants 
will be greatly weakened, therefore all blossoms should be removed. This is very 
important for it may mean success or failure. On everbearing varieties the blossoms 
should be removed twice before the berries are allowed to ripen, other than this the 
everbearers are given the same treatment as the standard varieties. 

Mulching is a wonderful way to protect the plants from freezing and thawing of 
the soil in winter, to preserve moisture during a dry fruiting season and to keep the 
berries from being spattered with dirt during a rain. 

Use stra;w, coarse manure or similar material, apply in the fall and in the spring 
when growth starts rak off the beds into the center of the row; there it also serves 
the purpose of retarding the growth of weeds. 


16 Rayner Brothers, Salisbury, Maryland 

Instructions to Customers 

TIME TO ORDER. As soon as convenient after receiving this catalog, for late 
in the season we may be out of some varieties, but if you order early you will get just 
what you want, without any trouble or delay. Plants will be reserved and shipped 
when the proper planting time comes. Be sure to PLANT AS EARLY as possible 
for this may mean success or failure. 

TIME OF SHIPMENT. From October 20th to May 1st. Shipping through the 
winter to Southern States. Spring is the best time to set strawberry plants in the 
Middle and Northern States. The earlier your plants are shipped and planted the 
better they are for they will stand digging, shipping and planting much better early 
than after the growth has started. May first ends our shipping season. We will how- 
ever fill a limited number of orders shortly after that date, and with a late season the 
plants will go through in good condition, but we do not advise planting this late in the 
season and will fill orders only at the purchaser's risk after this date. We will use 
every precaution in our power to put the plants through in good condition. 

PAYMENT. Money Order, Registered Letter, Bank Draft or Personal Check in 
full payment with order or one-fourth cash with order and balance before date of ship- 
ment. We will book orders and wait a reasonable length of time for remittance. 

REFERENCES. The Salisbury National Bank, Salisbury, Md., and the Farmers 
and Merchants Bank, Salisbury, Md. 

TRUE TO NAME. We use every precaution to have our plants true to name, and 
if any should prove otherwise we will replace it, but in no case will we be responsible 
for any sum greater than that paid for the plants. 

YOU ARE TAKING NO RISK. We send just what you order or refund your 
money, unless you tell us to substitute your order with the nearest to it we have, 
should we be out of the varieties you order. 

GUARANTEE. 100% satisfaction or your money back. 

ALWAYS REMEMBER. We are at your service and will always be glad to hear 
from you and will give you any and every possible assistance. 

OUR PLANTS ARE FRESH DUG TO YOUR ORDER. From new beds that have 
not borne fruit, tied in bundles of 25 and packed in light ventilated crates with plenty 
of damp moss so they will carry safely. We make no extra charge for crates and packing. 

SHIPMENT. On all orders of 500 plants or more after the third zone the rate is 
cheaper by express than by parcels post, and as the Postoffice Department demand a 
minimum charge of 17c for C. O. D. collection and money order fee it is cheaper for 
our customers to remit the amount of postage with order if plants are to be shipped 
by parcel post. Parcel post charges can be figured by the following table. 


Zones Zone Zone Zone Zone Zone Zone 

1-2 3 4 5 6 7 8 

100 Plants SO. 12 S0.15 S0.21 80.27 S0.33 $0.41 S0.48 

200 Plants 16 .23 .35 .49 .61 .77 .92 

300 Plants 21 .31 .49 .70 .89 1.13 1.36 

400 Plants 25 .39 .63 .91 1.17 1.49 1.80 

500 Plants 29 .47 ."7 1.12 1.45 1.85 2.24 

600 Plants 34 .55 .91 1.33 1.73 2.21 2.68 

700 Plants 38 .63 1.05 1.55 2.01 2.57 3.12 

800 Plants 43 .71 1.19 1.76 2.29 2.93 3.56 

900 Plants 47 .79 1.33 1.97 2.57 3.29 4.00 

1000 Plants , , ,51 ,87 1.47 2.18 2.85 3.65 4-44 

strong, Vigorous Plants At Reasonable Prices 


Price List of Rayner's Quality Strawberry Plants 


Early Varieties 25 

BLAKEMORE (Per) $0.20 

Howard 17 (Per) 25 

Lindberg (Per) 25 

Missionary (Per) 20 

PREMIER (Per) 25 

Red Gold (Per) 30 

Midseason Varieties 

Aberdeen (Per) 25 

Bellmar (Per) 30 

Beauty (Per) 25 

BIG JOE (Per) 25 

Dr. Burrill (Per) 20 

JOYCE (Per) 25 

Senator Dunlap (Per) 20 

Cooper (Per) 25 

Late Varieties 

Aroma (Per) 25 

Big Late (Imp) 25 

Brandy wine (Per) 25 


Gandy (Per) 25 

Gibson (Per) 25 





50 100 200 300 400 1000 5000 
0.35 10.60 $0.90 $1.10 $1.30 $2.50 $11.25 

Lupton (Per) . . 

Parsons' Beauty (Per) 

Washington (Per) 

WM. BELT (Per) 

Everbearing Varieties 

Berri-Supreme 1.00 

Champion 30 .50 .80 1.10 1.40 1.80 4.50 21.25 

Lucky Strike 50 .80 1.30 2.50 3.30 4.10 8.00 

MASTODON 45 .75 1.20 1.80 2.40 2.90 5.50 25.00 

Progressive 30 .50 .80 1.10 1.40 1.80 4.50 21.25 

500 plants at the 1,000 rate. The above prices are F. O. B. Salisbury, Maryland. 

Two or more varieties cannot be added together to get a lower rate. 





































25 Premier, early $0.25 

25 Joyce, midseason 25 

25 Wm. Belt, late 25 

25 Mastodon, everbearing .45 

SPECIAL PRICE $1.00, Postpaid 


50 Premier, early $0.40 

50 Aberdeen, midseason 40 

50 Brandywine, late .40 

50 Champion, everbearing .50 

SPECIAL PRICE S1.50, Postpaid 


100 Blakemore, early $0.70 

100 Big Joe, midseason 70 

100 Chesapeake, late 70 

100 Lucky Strike, everbearing 1.30 

SPECIAL PRICE $3.00, Postpaid 


50 Red Gold, early $0.50 

50 Bellmar, midseason 50 

50 Washington, late 50 

50 Berri-Supreme, everbearing 1.85 

SPECIAL PRICE S3.00, Postpaid 


Ravner Brothers, Salisbury. Maryland 


Everybody delights in the flavor of a fine, juicy Peach. They succeed best on high 
dry and well-drained soil. They are borne on wood of the previous season's growth, 
and it is essential that they be pruned some every season. Keep your trees in good 
shape and you will be repaid with good fruit. It takes but a short time for them to 
come into bearing. Only the very best varieties are listed below. 

4 to 5 feet- 


■1 to 9 (aSOc each, 9 to 49 @ 25c each, 50 or more @ 17c each. 

BELLE OF GEORGL\. White, freestone, 
larg-e size, and mo.-i attractive in color and 
shape, with a liglii red cheek; flesh white, 
firm and delicious; extra fine flavor. 

CARMAN. A very hardy peach, ripening- 
about the middle of July: skin pale yellcu' 
with blush on sunny side; flesh white, tender, 
sweet and melting. 

EARLY ELBERTA. Ripens about a week 
to ten days earlier than Elberta: yellow, free- 
stone, larg:e, similai' to Elbei'ta but a trifle 
l3etter flavor. Excellent home orchard peach. 

ELBERTA. Midseason. A valuable larg-e 
peach of good quality: fruit yellow -^-ith red 
cheek: juicy and higrhly flavored, flesh yellow, 
freestone. The leading market variety. 

GOLDEN JUBILEE. A new variety orig:i 
nated by the Xew Jersey Experimental Sta- 
tion, of the Elberta type, ripening- with Car- 
men and Belle of Georgria. Freestone. 

HILEY. Ripens about a week before Belle 
of Georgia. A large creamy white peac?h '^"ith 
a rich blush on the sunny side. Freestone. 

GREENSBORO. White, freestone, large, 
handsome, a rich yellowish white with crim- 
soo cheek, exceedingly tender and of fine 


J. H. HALE. One of the best sorts for gar- 
den or market. Fruit very large, round and 
of excellent quality, skin yellow finely color- 
ed, flesh yellow, sweet and melting. Ripens 
just before Elberta. A very good peach. 

RED BIRD CLING. White extra large 
with a bright red blush. The first peach of 
large size to ripen. Brings extra high prices 
in all the leading markets. 

SOUTH HA YEN. Yellow, freestone, lai'ge. 
roundish, uniform size, deep yellow with a 
red cheek, delicious flavor, consistent heavy 
bearer. Ripens about fifteen daj's ahead of 
Elberta. A very promising new variety. 

^YHITE HEATH CLING. Ripens about 
September 1.5ih. Fruit large, roundish: flesh 
white, exceedingly juicy, a favorite for can- 
ning purposes. 

Every Home Should Have A Fruit Orchard 



25c each. 

^i^^.^PPl^ .IS easily the first in importance of all fruits, the growing; of which is 
one of the big industries of the country. It will thrive on any well-drained soil Its 
period of ripening extends over a longer period than any other fruit, and by careful 
selection of varieties, a constant succession can be obtained. 

For Family use no fruit is more indispensable or as healthy as the Apple. No one 
who has a place to plant should hesitate to plant an orchard, or at least a few trees 
tor family use. You will find the best varieties listed and described below. 
4 to 5 feet— 1 to 9 @ 40c each, 10 to 49 @ 35c each, 50 or more 

BALDWIN, Large, round, bright red, rich 
and juicy, crisp; good late keeper. Quick 
grower; yields big crops. Winter. 

CORTLAND. A promising new variety. 
Beautiful red, large and a good keeper. Fine 
flavor. Winter. 

DELICIOUS. Brilliant dark red, flesh fine 
gi-ained, juicy crisp and melting, flavor sweet, 
with a slight acid taste, with a delightful 
aroma; highest quality. Winter. 

DUCHESS, Medium size, red striped, flesh 
white, juicy and good flavor; early. A heavy 
bearer and dependable cropper. 

GRIMES GOLDEN. Medium size, golden 
yellow, tender, rich, aromatic, sub-acid, de- 
licious, possibly the best flavored apple 
known, and a good keeper. Autumn. 

MAM3I0TH BLACK TWIG (Paragon),— 

Extra large in size; skin smooth, yellowish, 
covered with deep red, the general effect be- 
ing dark red; flesh tender, tinged with yellow, 
crisp, sub-acid, aromatic, fine flavor, of ex- 
cellent quality in every way. Winter. 

ROME BEAUTY, Large, round; mottled 
and striped in different shades of red; flavor 
and quality of the best. Always in good de- 
mand and brings high prices. Keeps in good 
condition until May and June. Winter. 

STAYMAN WINESAP. A dark, rich red, 
with rather indistinct striping. Flesh yellow, 
plenty of juice; firm, tender, rich, sub-acid, 
aromatic, quality of the best. A splendid 
late keeper, but mellows for use in the fall. 
Quick grower; bears young. Winter. 

WEALTHY. Medium to large size, round; 
almost solid red; flesh white, tender, crisp, 
juicy, fine grained, good flavor. Autumn. 

Eat Apples For Health's Sake 

large in size, bright rich red; flesh is crisp, 
tender, juicy and sub-acid. Early. 

large; cream and yellow, tender, juicy, sub- 
acid, fragrant, good flavor. Early. 

YORK IMPERIAL, Medium to large size, 
round, irregular, greenish yellow overlaid 
with bright red; flesh tender, firm, crisp and 
high flavor; wonderful keeper; can be kept in 
cold storage until June. Winter. 


Fine flavor, reliability, profit, long life of trees and general goodness make Pears a 
staple fruit. They are good to have in a home-orchard, on a lawn, or about a form. 
They do not take up much space — a few trees can be put in odd places about the farm, 


4 to 5 feet — 1 to 9 @ 40c each, 10 to 49 @ 35c each, 50 or more @ 25c each. 
BARTLETT. A large, yellow pear; fine KIEFFER, Well known canning pear. 

sweet flavor. Very popular. September 1st. Hardy, prolific, fruit large and yellow with 

touches of carmine. A regular bearer. 
DUCHESS. One of the largest and best. SECKEL. A small variety but of excell- 

Greenish yellow with russet spots. ent quality. Very productive. 



Rayner Brothers, Salisbury, Maryland 


The Cherry is hardy and will thrive in almost any soil, provided it is well drained 
Fruit-growers are realizing that it is one of the most profitable crops they can grow 
as it begins bearing young and the fruit nearly a.lways sells for good prices. 

4 to 5 feet — 1 to 9 @ 40c each, 10 to 49 @ 35c each, 50 or more @ 25c each. 

BLACK TARTARIAN. Very large, juicy, 
rich flavor, sweet, purplish black. Heavy 
bearer and most profitable sweet cherry. 

DYEHOUSE. Ripens 10 days earlier than 
Early Richmond; medium size, sour, good 
keeper, fine quality, heavy bearer. Popular 
for pies and canning. 

EARLY RICHMOND. Early summer. Very 
sour, medium size, bright red. Unsurpassed 
for cooking. Yields heavy crops. Most hardy 
of all cherries, sure cropper, productive. 

MONTMORENCY. Midseason, sour, large, 
red, slightly acid, flesh tender and of unusu- 
ally good quality. Good shipper. 


Plums are so easily grown, thrive so well with little care and even in spite of 

neglect, and respond so liberally to good care that they should find a place in every home 

orchard. They succeed in almost any soil, and are often planted in the chicken yard 

and out-of-the-way- corners when other space is not available. Plant 18 to 20 feet apart. 


4 to 5 feet— 1 to 9 

ABUNDANCE. Fruit very large, showy, 
flesh light yellow, exceedingly juicy, tender 
and sweet. A good market variety. 

40c each, 10 to 49 @ 35c each, 50 or more @ 25c each. 

fruit, produced in thick clusters or groups. 
Very productive of dark purple fruit. 


Splendid for home garden or market. The plants are very easy to grow and a bed 
when once established will thrive for many years. As a field crop, Asparagus is very 
profitable, and there is most always a good demand for it at good prices. Any good 
garden soil will give excellent crops, but it should be manured freely. 

Prices 2 year No. 1 Strong Plants 
25 for 50c, 100 for $1.50, 1000 for $7.50 

PALMETTO. Earlier than most other va- 
rieties. Stalks vary from light to dark green, 
are very large and of exceptionally good 
quality. The standard commercial variety. 

MARY WASHINGTON. This is generally 
recognized by the leading growers as being 
the best variety of asparagus grown. It 
starts earlier, produces more and larger 
stalks of extra quality than any other varie- 
ty. It is highly rust resistant and has proven 
by test to be best both for the home garden 
or commercial plantings. The true strain. 


One of the finest fruits grown for jellies.* 
preserves and canning. They are easily 
grown and need very little attention. 


4 to 5 ft. — 1 to 9 @ 60c each, 10 or more 

@ 50c each. 

CHAMPION. Tree strong grower; pro- 
duces a good crop every year. Fruit large 
and of good puality. Cooks as tender as an 
apple. October. 

ORANGE. Good size and heavy bearer. 
Flesh orange yellow. 

Small Fruits Will Help Out The Family Income 



The Grape is one of the most important of the small fruits, not only commercially 
in various sections, but also for the home garden. There is no fruit more easily grown 
and it takes little room in the home garden, for the garden fences can be transformed 
into trellises, and not only answer their purpose as an enclosure, but will make them 
more beautiful when covered with the vines. 

CACO. A comparatively new grape that 
is of the very best flavor. Strong grower 
and bears abundantly. Large in size and 
have a wine red over amber color. Ripens 
just before Concord. Excellent for home use. 
40c each, $3.50 for 10, .$25.00 per 100 

CONCORD. The most popular grape. It 
adapts itself to varying conditions. Large 
compact bunches of dark purplish black ber- 
ries covered with a rich bloom, skin is tender, 
but firm enough to carry to distant markets. 
A^igorous grower, hardv and very productive. 

23c each, $1.50 for 10, $12.50 per 100 

MOORE'S EARLY. Dark purple; bunches 
medium size, berries large. Flavor and qual- 
it\- good. Ten davs earlier than Concord. 

20c each, $1.50 for 10, $12.50 per 100 

NIAGARA. The best of the light colored 
grapes. Bunches medium size, berries large. 
Ripens earlier than Concord; flavor good. 

2.C each, $1.50 for 10.. $12.50 per 100 

CHAMPAGNE. A sterling variety of great 
merit. Color a coppery red, berries very 
large; strong grower and bears immense 
crops of the most delicious grapes, hence the 
name Champagne. Stock limited this vear. 

40c each, $3,50 for 10, $25.00 per 100 


Raspberries wall succeed in any good soil suitable for garden vegetables, and amply 
repay good culture. Ground bone is a good fertilizer. Plant in rows 4 feet apart and 
plants 3 feet apart in the rows. Cut out old wood as it dies after the fruit ripens. 

LATHAM. Claimed to be the very best 
red raspberry. Berries are large, dark red. 
of uniform size. Will stay on canes several 

CHIEF. An outstanding new eai-ly red 
ias])berry. Ripens JO to 12 days earlier than 
Latham. Berries are dark red, good size, 
extra firm and hold up a long time after 
])icking. I'lants are strong and stocky, im- 
mune to mildew and highly resistant to all 
dljeases. AX'ithstands hot, dry weather better 
th'in other varieties.. A good shipper. 

.Sl.OO for 10, ^6.(10 for 100, .«;50.00 per 1"00 

CUMBERLAND. Berries are large, borne 
in clusters, several to a b/anch. The reliable 
blackcap. Flavor is rich and sweet. Prob- 
aljlv the very best black raspberrv. Prolific. 

T~)C lor W, $3.00 for 100, .$20.00 per lfiC(, 

days after fully ripe. Bushes are vigorous 
growers, perfectly hardy in all parts of the 
country-; l^egins Ijearing the first year. 
:5e for 10, $3.50 for 100, $25.00 per 1000 

ST. REGIS. Leading growers agree that 
St. Regis is the most profitable and depend- 
able red raspberry. Fruit ripens midseason 
and continues through fall. Good quality. 

;5c for 10, $3.00 for 100, $20.00 per imi, 


Blackberries are among the best known and most valued of our berries. No fruit 
is more wholesome. They should be planted in rows five or six feet apart and three or 
four feet apart in the row. Keep the ground clean and well fertilized. 

ELDORADO. Berries are large, jet black 
.'ind of a richly sweet flavor. Quality is ex- 
cellent. Produces a heavy crop regularly. 
Ideal both for home use and The 
leading ccmmercial blackberry. 

75c for 10, $3.50 for 100, .S25.00 per IHOO 

BLOWERS. Large size, jet black, good 
shipi)er. Very hardv and productive. 

75c for 10, $3.50 for 100, $25.00 per 1000 

LLCRETIA. Ripens about ten days be- 
fore ordinary blackberries. Large, good look- 
ing, productive. Bring top-notch prices. 

COc for 10, $2.50 for 100, $17.50 per 1000 


Rayner Brothers, Salisbury, Maryland 


Compact Oriental 


A small investment in these 
beautiful evergreens will not only 
make the home a beautiful place 
in which to live but will also in- 
crease the value of your home or 
farm many times the cost of the 
planting. Our plants are all kept 
well trimm.ed, thus giving them 
that dense foliage; shipped with a 
ball of earth and burlapped and 
guaranteed to grow. Priced in 
reach of all. 

Planting Instructions 

As soon as you receive your 
order from the shipper soak the 
ball in a tub of water, but do not 
remove the burlap ; plant about one 

Berckman's Golden 

to two inches deeper than when in the nursery. Soak the ground well once 
a week during the first summer. For fertilizer use any good well rotted 
barnyard manure, or a fertilizer like you use in your vegetable garden. 

American Arborvitae (Thuja occiden- 
talis). Very hardy and easily transplanted 
makes rapid growth requiring very little 
attention. Color bright green. One of 
the most extensively planted evergreens. 
18 to 24 inch 75c. 

Berckman's Golden Arborvitae (Biota 
Aurea Nana). Beautiful conical form, 
very dense and compact dwarf type with 
golden foliage. 12 to 15 inch $1.00 each. 

George Peabody Arborvitae (Thuya occi- 
dentalis lutea). Pyramidal shape with 
beautiful golden yellow foliage which it 
retains well throughout the year, 12 to 
15 inch 75c each. 

Globe Arborvitae (Thuja globosa). A 
very handsome variety, making a perfect 
globe when well grown. Color light green. 
12 to 15 inch 75c each. 

Pyramidal Arborvitae (Thuja pyramid- 
alis). A dense dark green columnar form, 
hardy and very beautiful. Tall and slen- 
der, requiring very little space. 18 to 24 
inch $1.00 each. 

Oritntal Pyramidal Arborvitae (Biota 
orientalis pyramidalis). One of the tallest 
and hardiest varieties, foliage bright green. 
Very attractive. 24 to 30 inch $1.00; 30 
to 36 inch |1.50. 

Oriental Compact Arborvitae (Biota 
Compacta). Dense trees with bright green 
foliage of pyramidal form. Very neat and 
attractive. 24 to 30 inch $1.00 each; 30 
to 36 inch $1.50 each. 

Tom Thumb Arborvitae. Of low, broad 
pyramidal form; dwarf type, very com- 
pact, foliage light green. 12 to 18 inch 
75c each. 

Abelia Grandiflora. A broad leafed 
evergreen with dark green glossy foliage. 
Flowers from July till frost, flowers are 
small, pale pink. A charming addition to 
any planting. 24 to 36 inch |1.00 each. 

Azalea Au\oena. A dwarf growing 
evergreen bush with slender branches and 
semi-double flowers of bright rosy purple 
produced in such great numbers that they 
literally cover the plant in June. 10 to 
12 inches $1.00 each. 

Azalea Hinodegiri. Of broad spreading 
habit; flowers brilliant scarlet; foliage 
rounded and deep green. Probably the 
most popular evergreen grown. 10 to 12 
inches |1.00 each. 

Azalea Macrantha. This is one of the 
late varieties having large double type 
salmon red flowers. A good grower. 10 
to 12 inch |1.25 each. 

Boxwood Semper virens. Very compact; 
does well in poor soil or shady places. 
Can be trimmed to any form. Excellent 
for individual specimens on lawns or in 
tubs. 12 to 18 inch 60c each. 

Boxwood Suffruticosa (Old English 

Box). Retains its dwarf size. For plant- 
ing along walks or similar places. 6 to 8 
inches 25c each; $2.00 for 10. 


Read What Our Customers Say About 
Our Plants and Service 


Gentlemen: Oakdale, Pa., April 27, 1931. 

I was agreeably surprised to receive your letter dated April 23rd, enclos- 
ing check to cover cost of having plants delivered from wrong shipping point. 
This procedure was so much different than I have experienced in dealing with 
numerous other firms who advertise the ethics and integrity of their business 
policy, that I have to tell you about it. I like to figuratively shake the hand of 
a square shooter when I meet one, even by mail, there are so many pretenders. 

I had the ground ready to plant when the plants should have arrived and 
planted them as soon as I received them. I looked the patch over thoroughly 
yesterday and could not find a single plant that had failed to grow, in spite 
of the 48 hours they lay in the express office. Most people in the business 
could afford to pay you for a few lessons in packing plants. 

Respectfully yours, L. W. Shout. 


Dear Sirs: Hudson, N. Y., January 10, 1933. 

Last year I sent with a friend for some strawberry plants and they were 
wonderful. Am well satisfied with them. Will you please send me a catalog 
this year as soon as you receive them as I wish to place my order early. 

Yours truly, Fred Wright. 


Gentlemen: Sugar Loaf, N. Y., May 15, 1932. 

I am sending orders for 1000 Premier strawberry plants. Will you kindly 
send them as soon as you can? Some time ago I ordered some everbearing 
strawberry plants from you and they were certainly a nice lot of well rooted, 
healthy plants. Am sure the Premier plants will be equally as good. 

Yours very truly, Ray C. Lane. 


Gentlemen: Waynesboro, Pa., May 14, 1932. 

Please ship me 500 Big Joe, 500 Premier and 250 Senator Dunlap straw- 
berry plants. Saw a patch of your plants and they were such strong vigorous 
plants that I decided to send you my order. Please rush as I am a little late. 

Yours truly, S. J. Pfontz. 

Rayner Brothers - - Salisbury, Maryland 






And Other Small Fruit Plants, Trees, EtCe 

Salisbury, Md., January lO, 1933. 

Dear customer: 

After looking through this catalog you will no doubt wonder how we can 
deliver high quality, heavy producing plants at such reasonable prices, so we 
are taking this opportunity to talk it over with you. We produce our plants 
on our own land, not having them grown by farmers in the neighborhood, 
many of them careless and indifferent, as many nurseries do. In this way we 
save the profit that must necessarily be paid the farmers and avoid the in- 
efficient methods often employed. This big saving is passed directly to you. 

By growing all our plants it is possible to give them our personal super- 
vision from the time the plants are dug, set, fertilized, blossoms removed, 
hoed, cultivated, till dug for your order and we make sure each operation is 
at the right time and is handled in the most efficient manner. The plants must 
be strong and healthy, from producing stock (this is your assurance of heavy 
yields), must be planted carefully and correctly, on soil best suited for each 
variety, the correct plant food applied at the proper times, all blossoms removed 
(we often go over them three or four times to make sure) so that none of the ' 
plants will be weakened; our plants are kept thoroughly hoed, not a weed is 
permitted to grow; we are always sure the plants are thoroughly cultivated at 
the proper time to keep the soil moist and the plants strong and thrifty. 

In digging plants for your order the same care is given as when we are 
digging for ourselves. The plants are carefully dug and thoroughly cleaned, 
all weak or undeveloped plants discarded, evenly bunched and tied with raffia, 
this makes planting easier and saves much time, the plants are then packed in 
light ventilated crates with plenty of damp spaghnum moss and will arrive 
anywhere in the United States as fresh and bright as when dug. This is how 
we give you Prompt Service, High Quality, Heavy Producing, Selected Plants 
at Very Reasonable Prices. The best is always cheapest whether the price be 
high or low. 

On the back of this letter and throughout our catalog there are a few of 
the many unsolicited letters we received from our customers about the high 
quality of our plants, our prompt, courteous service and the success they have 
had with them. Read them all; they are from honest, thrifty, successful 
people like yourself, who like to get one hundred cents in value for every 
dollar they spend and have found our plants and service to meet their re- 
quirements. We are sure we can please you too. 

Send us your order for PLANTS THAT PLEASE at PRICES THAT SAVE. 

With best regards, we are 

Very truly yours, 


Beautify Your Home With Rayner's Evergreens 


Indian Cedar (Cedrus deodora). Grace- 
ful drooping branches of feathery blue 
green foliage giving a stately appearance. 
Not hardy north of the Mason and Dixon 
Line. 18 to 24 inch $1.00 each. 

Blue Lawson Cypress (Cupressus Law- 
soniana). An erect grower, broad at base, 
having delicate, feathery bluish green foli- 
age. 15 to 18 inch 75c each. 

Italian Cypress. A very slender colum- 
nar form, fine dark green foliage. 30 to 
36 inch |1.50 each; 36 to 42 inch ?2.C0 each. 

Euonymus Pearledge. A broad leaf 
evergreen with outer edge of leaves a 
pearl color with dark green center. This 
makes an unusual and attractive bush. 
Can be trimmed to any desired shape. 12 
to 18 inch 75c each. 

Irish Juniper. Forms slender, dense 
columns of silvery green. One or more 
of these trees should be in every planting. 
24 to 30 inch $1.00 each; 30 to 36 inch 
$1.25 each. 

Pfitzer Juniper. The gray green sweep- 
ing branchlets of this low spreading va- 
riety make it valuable in any mixed plant- 
ing. 18 to 24 inch spread $1.00 each. 

Andorra Juniper (Plume Juniyer). A 
low growing type with beautiful blue green 
foliage. 18 to 24 inch spread $1.00 each. 

Spiny Greek Juniper (Juniperus excelsa 
striata ). An attractive dwarf pyramidal 
type with very compact bluish green foli- 
age. Makes uniform growth in almost 
any soil. 12 to 15 inch $1.00. 

Nandina Domestica. Broad leaf ever- 
green having reddish green leaves and 
stem, umbrella form with white berries. 
Beautiful for specimen planting. 24 to 
30 inch 75c each. 

Retinospora Plumosa. Grows rapidly. 
Beautiful deep green plume-like foliage. 
12 to 18 inch 75c each. 

Golden Plume Retinospora. Beautiful 
light green plume-like foliage tipped with 
yellow. 12 to 18 inch $1.00 each; 18 to 
24 inch $1.50 each. 

Retinospora Squarrosa Veitchi. A beau- 
tiful compact type, foliage a bluish green 
above and silvery on the underside giving 
the tree a silvery green appearance. 12 
to 18 inch 75c each. 

Retinospora Picifera. An upright type, 
very open, foliage is light green, very 
feathery and graceful. 12 to 18 inch 
$1.00 each. 

Retinospora Lutescens. A dwarf type 
of low conical form, very compact. Foli- 
age a deep green with yellowish tips. 12 
to 15 inch $1.00 each. 

Colorado Blue Spruce. Foliage blue and 
sage, usually has a symmetrically shaped 
narrow pointed or rounding top. A hardy 
and quick grower. 12 to 15 inch 75c each. 

Norway Spruce. Very hardy. Makes 
a very attractive, compact growth and is 
extensively planted. 12 to 18 inch 50c each. 



Your Choice of any 6 Evergreens for 
only $5.00; any 12 Evergreens for $9.00. 

Jordan, N. Y., May 14, 1932. 
Dear Sirs: 

Received the strawberry plants in fine 
condition. Very much pleased with them. 
Yours very truly, 

George H, Vickers. 



The Beautiful Pfitzer's Juniper 

A Very Eft'ective Door 
Entrance Planting 


Rayner Brothers, Salisbury, Maryland 

What Our Customers Tell Us. 

Dear Sirs: . Hackettstown, N. J., April 19, 1932. 

The berry plants received today and must say they were far beyond my expec- 
tations, and I am certainly well pleased with them. 

Yours truly, Mrs. Lucille Jentz3n. 

Gentlemen: Franklin, Ind., May 6, 1932. 

The plants arrived and were just fine and am well pleased with them. Will always 
use your plants. Frank Rumenappe. 

Rayner Bros. Really Back Their Guarantee 

Fort Fairfield, Me., June 7, 1932. 

I wish to express to you my appre- 
ciation of your remarkable courtesy in re- 
placing the strawberry plants. I shall be 
glad to recommend you to any of my 
friends who might be interested in nur- 
sery goods. Thanking you sincerely, I am 
Very truly yours, Alma G. Slipp. 
Living Good — Bedding Heavily 

Merchantville, N. J., May 30, 1932. 
Dear Sirs: 

Received my order of plants in April, 
in wonderful condition. Living good and 
bedding the heaviest I have ever seen 
plants in this length of time. Thanks for 
the extra Champion, about 35 instead of 25. 
They are bedding fine too. 

Yours truly, Wm. E. Gullett. 
Fine Plants — Prompt Service 

Stitlersville, Pa., May 16, 1932. 

Received your strawberry plants in 
fine condition and we are very much pleas- 
ed v/ith them and feel sure they Avill all 
grow. Thanks for your prompt seivicc. 
Yours respectfully, Eugene L. Miller. 
Perfect Stand of Chesapeake 

Thomaston, Me., February 9,1932. 
Dear Sirs: 

Just received your 1932 Catalog of 
Strawberry Plants and that rem.inds ms 
that I neglected to write you last summer 
(kept forgetting it) about the v\^onderful 
plants you furnished me last spring. These 
were 1500 Chesapeake and I believe less 
than a dozen plants died out of the 1500. 
My rows were 4 feet apart and the run- 
ners were meeting before fall. No one 
need hesitate in sending their order to 
Rayner Bros. Yours very truly, 

Otis A. Robinson. 
Good Plants — Good Roots — Liberad Count 
Lafayette, R. I., May 10, 1932. 

I received the plants in good condi- 
tion, and am well pleased with them. 
Thanks for the good plants, good roots 
and liberal count. Yours sincerely, 

Irving Thomas. 

Rayner's Plants O. K. 

Petersburg, Va., April 18, 1932. 
Dear Sirs: 

Strawberry plants arrived 0. K. They 
are fine. Thanks for extras. 

Yours truly, Mrs. G. B. Aldridge. 

Tells Neighbors About Rayner's Plants 

Memphis, N. Y., May 16, 1932. 
Dear Sirs: 

I received my strawberry plants yes- 
terday in fine shape. Thanks for the 
prompt shipment, also for the extra plants. 
First time I ever received any extra plants. 
Would like to have sent for more but mon- 
ey is rather scarce here this year. My 
neighbor, Mrs. McCollum was sending for 
plants and I told her about my lovely 
plants and gave her the catalog you sent 
me and I think you will get an order from 
her. Again thanking you, lam 

Very truly j^ours, Mrs. L. K. Loomis. 

I Call This Service 

Williamson, Pa., May 22, 1932. 
Dear Sirs: 

I received the stravv^berry plants you 
shipped me O. K. in good growing condition 
and they are fine. You made shipment 
April 25th, plants arrived on the 26th and 
I had them home and planted on the 27th. 
I call this service. Thanks for extra plants. 
Your friend and customer, Jos. Deibert. 

Plants Nice — All Green 

Fort Plain, N. Y., May 12, 1932. 
Gentlemen : 

We wish to thank you for the extra 
plants you sent us. The plants are very 
nice, all green and full of life. All our 
future orders for berry plants will be sent 
to you. Your friend, Andy Bereo. 

Every Plant Grows — Greatly Satisfied 

Tamaqua, Pa., Ap:-il 21, 1932. 
Dear Sirs: 

We received the strav/berry plants in 
first class condition; every plant is grow- 
ing and am greatly pleased with them. 
Thanks for the extra plants you added. 

Yours truly, Joel J. Osenback.